Hello All!

I recently had a revelation….that I could use vintage fabric to make garments with! I know a stroke of genius. I am slow, but when I finally discover something I get this feeling that I am the first person to every have such a notion (though I am probably the last)….well I got on Etsy and Ebay a couple weeks back and I went browsing for some vintage fabric, in a large enough usable quantity and I stumbled upon these gems:

This is 100% Silk that I bought from a woman in Germany and I was told that it is from the 1980s. It was a bit over 3 yards long and in perfect condition and I got it for a good price. My Mr. told me not to buy it since he thought it was ugly, at least he’s honest (lol). In my opinion it is very visually interesting and I think the colors are perfect for this time of year so I ignored his advice and went ahead and snapped it up. My favorite part is that the selvedges are stamped 100% Seide (silk in German) in gold lettering.  I think the reason he thought it was ugly was because I had him comparing it to this:

I love this!….a vintage Silk Organza. When I saw it listed, for the price it was at, I had to have it. It is so beautiful and when I recieved it in the mail it was even more gorgeous….it has this lovely sheen and though it is relatively stiff it still manages to drape and flow so elegantly. The sellers listed it as being “Mid-Century”, 50s & 60s I guess, do you agree? It is 4 yards long and almost 60″ wide, it is a HUGE piece and I don’t have plans for it as yet, it is special and I want to save it for the right dress, but I have turned my German silk into:

This is not a vintage pattern but since I used vintage fabric I think it qualifies as retro sewing. I am very pleased with how this  dress project is coming along, I am very close to completion. The pattern was super easy, fun and I think it shows off the fabric beautifully…for more details about this dress as well as the fabrics please visit my blog and leave comments if your so inclined I love to meet new (to me) bloggers and sewists. Plus, to see pictures of my vintage sewing pattern Haul please visit here.





I wanted to invite you all over to my blog to enter for a chance to win a wonderful vintage sewing pattern.

For more pictures and all the details on how to win go here.

I hope to see you all there, Cheers!


Sewly a Harpist


Hello everyone! This is my first post in quite sometime and since we have relocated. I hope a wonderful Halloween is being had by all. I wanted to share a dress that I am finishing up right now. I am very happy with it, not only has it turned out pretty well but it has also presented me with the opportunity to learn a new technique or two.

I used this pattern:

Simplicity #2914 c. 1959

It is from 1959 and I bought it in an antique mall in Omaha, NE. for $2.00, even though it is inexplicably marked $6!  I thought this a pretty good deal as all the pieces were intact and directions present.

I sort of used both views…I wanted the ‘V’ back in View #1 but I also wanted the sleeves in View #2 so I incorporated both elements.

I used a Carolina Herrera, 100% Silk Twill fabric that I found online at Mood Fabrics. I saw it and I knew it was the one for this dress. This is truly one of the great fabric loves of my life, thus far….though that might not be saying much as I tend to feel that undying, all consuming, can’t live without it no matter the price way toward a lot of fabrics. What can I say…I can’t help myself I love to be in love! I digress, sorry….her she is:

The "Birds of a Feather Flock Together" Dress

For more pictures and details concerning construction, etc. visit my blog:







Hello all! I hope everyone’s week got off to a great start. I finished my Romper/Playsuit project last night and I wanted to share it as I am really proud of it. I think this is due to the fact that the interior looks great, I hate when a piece is beautiful on the outside but all kinds of a hot mess inside….like so bad I’m embarrassed to take it to the dry cleaner. Thankfully this is not the case here, though this garment will never need to go to the dry cleaner I can still enjoy the beauty within

Here are a couple pictures:

Please visit my blog and check out further detail and more photos about this specific project here.